The mission of Lutherans Restoring Creation is to promote incorporation of care for creation into the full life and mission of the church, working in five areas: worship, education, discipleship, building & grounds, and public ministry/advocacy. For some timely tips in these areas, see below:
WorshipConsider these creation themes for Advent in year A. Get inspired by this sermon on sabbath or this creation-focused liturgy. Creation-focused prayers which can be used in worship are posted on the synod leaders Facebook page each week. Creation-focused commentaries on the lectionary from a Lutheran source are available.
EducationA Community Bike Safety Course on Nov. 3 is the only free bike safety course in Houston taught by certified instructors. The online Sunday Evening Conversations on Creationon Nov. 24, The Ecological Crisis & The Response of Faith, educates on creation care. Check out the studies Reforesting Faith or Serving God, Saving the Planet. Learn nature journaling in Nature Journaling at Sheldon Lake State Park on Nov. 9 at 1 p.m.
Discipleship: Make use of the “Bulletin blurb” eco-tips (+ verses & quotes) on the synod leaders Facebookpage each week and/or share the creation-focused devotion also posted there. Distribute the Good Steward Worksheet and the Good Steward Worksheet for Students to members for home use. These creation-focused books for kidsare good for families. Contact the synod Lutherans Restoring Creationfor a devotional for use during the U.N. Climate Conference, beginning on Dec. 2.
Building & GroundsA recording of the webinar Tools to Guide Congregations through the Energy Transition is available. Use this Energy Audit Worksheet to look for energy savings in your church. To look more broadly at stewardship of building/grounds, check out Eco-Management of Church Facilities. Keep an eye out for a Solar Co-Op that your church can participate in. Consider carbon offsets though Blessed Tomorrow.
Public Ministry/Advocacy: The weekly Opportunities to Care for, Learn About, and Enjoy God’s Good Creation features volunteer events in the greater Houston area (see upcoming opportunities link). Plan to participate in the Interfaith Environmental Stewardship Event on Nov. 17 at the Willow Waterhole Greenspace in Houston. Join members of the Lutherans Restoring Creation bike team for the family-friendly Park to Port Ride to support Hermann Park in Houston. Petition the EPA to uphold strong methane protections and members of Congress to co-sponsor the WATER Act to get lead out of drinking water.
For more information on any of the above, or for creation care assistance/information, contact the synod Lutherans Restoring Creation Team by writing to Lisa at [email protected] The team is seeking additional members. If you would be willing to serve, please contact us.